11 items from 2009
Looking for a Christmas gift that gives back? Last year, Look to the Stars brought you a story about Nelson Mandela's audiobook of African folktales read by your favorite stars. We have now learned that the Artists for a New South Africa (Ansa) audiobook has been nominated for a Grammy!
This selection of folktales from across the African continent is performed by a diverse group of acclaimed actors who donated their time and talents to the effort: Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, Cch Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker and Alfre Woodard. Directed by Alfre Woodard, the audiobook features a special message to the world’s children from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and original music by »
Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be this week’s guest on CNN’s Connect The World program, including an interview from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The program has given the public the chance to ask the questions they want answers to.
Using diplomacy and peaceful campaigning, Tutu has spent a lifetime striving to make the world a better place.
Throughout the 70s and 80s he was a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement in his home country South Africa. The cleric was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, and became the first black head of the Anglican Church of South Africa.
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Fern Britton has landed her own series on BBC One, it has been announced. The four-part series, titled Fern Britton Meets, will see the former This Morning presenter conduct in-depth interviews with high-profile figures in the run-up to Christmas. Confirmed guests include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dolly Parton, Sheila Hancock and Tony Blair. Britton will explore how their faith and beliefs have shaped their lives and what is important to them about Christmas time. Britton commented: "All the interviewees come from very different backgrounds but what binds them together is the fact that, although their faith (more) »
- By Dan French
DVD Playhouse—October 2009
The Wizard Of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’S Edition (Warner Bros.) A true highlight in digital restoration technology, Warner Bros. restoration of the 1939 classic is cause for celebration. The Technicolor of the late ‘30s looks as though it was shot yesterday, and is especially stunning on Blu-ray, which was produced by scanning each of the film’s original Technicolor camera negatives using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final “capture” master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film’s previous DVD release. Judy Garland’s Dorothy is charming as ever, and the entire cast: Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, are all stellar. Four disc set bonuses include: Sing-along track; Documentaries and featurettes; Two 1914 silent films produced by Oz author L. Frank Baum, based on his stories »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A couple dozen musicians like Lily Allen, All American Rejects, Jet Li, Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, Duran Duran and Bob Geldof have combined forces to re-create the '80s hit "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil, as part of the Kofi Annan-led Tck Tck Tck: Time for Climate Justice campaign. The track has been released for free, with an accompanying video, on the Climate Justice website. Other standout, international contributors include Serena Ryder -- who sings a large part of the verses -- Mark Ronson, Jamie Cullum, Melanie Laurent, Marion Cotillard, Manu Katché, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah, Desmond Tutu, Amadou et »
- Katie Hasty
Scenes of violent street protests tend to capture the attention of the news media during major political summits. Is aggression the only meaningful method of activism in a world in which people feel detached from world leaders, though? That is a question asked by Canadian independent filmmaker Velcrow Ripper in his latest documentary, Fierce Light.
Velcrow Ripper has been directing fiction and documentary films since his teenage years and even his earliest productions had political themes. He is no militant, though. Inspired by such activists as Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he seems more intent on encouraging introspection than persuasion. Fierce Light exemplifies that. The film essentially chronicles Ripper's personal exploration of different methods of activism and raises more questions than it answers. His approach, combined with some beautiful and striking images from some of the world's most exotic places, makes Fierce Light feel more like Baraka than An Inconvenient Truth »
Poitier, the first black man to win a Best Actor Oscar, was chosen for his contribution to acting and race relations.
During a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC, an audience was told how the 82 year old had "left an indelible mark on American culture" and "advanced the nation's dialogue on race and respect."
Other recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honour - include entertainer Chita Rivera, science genius Stephen Hawking, late politician Harvey Milk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. »
By Ira Teinowitz
Calling Poitier -- who won a Best Actor Oscar for 1963's "Lillies of the Field" and a nomination for 1959's "The Defiant Ones" -- an "ambassador and actor," the president in a statement said he "has left an indelible mark on American culture.
- Lew Harris
By Ira Teinowitz
Actor Sidney Poitier and actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera will be among the 16 recipients of President Obama’s first Medal of Freedom Awards as president next month, the White House said Thursday.
They will be part of a group that includes physicist Stephen Hawking, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Billie Jean King, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the late San Francisco Mayor Harvey Milk and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
The White House said this year’s list of recipients, to be honored in ceremonies Aug. 12, were chosen as “agents of change.”
- Lew Harris
Nelson Mandela celebrates his 91st birthday this year, and in celebration, a slew of Hollywood staples have partnered with Hachette Book Group and Artists for a New South Africa to present the audio book Nelson Mandela's Favorite Folktales. Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johnassen, Don Cheadle, Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson are just seven of 23 actors and two musicians who donated their dynamic voices to bring new life to these old stories. The three-disc set also includes a message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town. »
Kerry Katona is to follow in the footsteps of names such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama when she addresses Oxford Union this month. The reality TV star and former Atomic Kitten will talk to the University's debating society about her life as a celebrity, reports the Daily Mail. The forum claims to be the 'most (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
11 items from 2009
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